Undergraduate Researcher in the Sensorimotor Neuroscience Lab

Working in the Sensorimotor Neuroscience Lab was an experience I could not have gotten anywhere else. I got to see what life in a lab was like and had really great resources to learn from. Because I had never worked or even been in a research lab before I had no idea what to expect. As I started planning my experiment I found that it was easy to get frustrated because there was so much information and so many variables to consider that when I thought I had figured it all out, something else would pop up. However, Dr. Marigold told me to always keep in mind why you're doing the experiment and what it is you are trying to figure out and that helps you stay on track because it is easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of information available to you. As the semester progressed I realized more and more that research was about exploring and figuring things out and that there are some things that can't be rushed; it is better to be careful and over plan than wing it and have to go back, retrace your steps and correct your mistakes.

Overall, I had a great experience and learned a lot so I recommend that if you are unsure if research is for you or you don't know what you want to do when you graduate, try and get a placement in a lab because you'll never know unless you try it out!